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Grigor Dimitrov is turning into the high draft pick that never quite worked out. Every night you can see flashes of brilliance, signs of what he could be, but unfortunately just can’t quite seem to have everything work out to be a top player.
That was the story of Dimitrov’s Friday night encounter with Federer. We all know there is a bit of a master and padawan relationship between these two. Dimitrov’s shot execution looks eerily similar to Federer’s other than the fact that he’s not Roger Federer. Unfortunately for him, their recent matches have been one way traffic with the final destination being Fedtown.
This time, he came prepared to play. The second set was brilliant. Running around forehands, playing excellent defence, going down the line, mixing in some good net play. It was a recipe to keep Federer guessing and off of his rhythm, and it worked. Roger became irritated with himself late in the set, both after a missed shot coming into net as well as after a poor return decision. He was in a big hole and lost the set. Dimitrov was pumping his fist, pumping the “c’mon!”s and we had ourselves a match.
I hate the word momentum (in sports, I guess it works in a scientific sense). Momentum is often a figment of a fan’s imagination and impossible to quantify. But there is no doubt Dimitrov had the momentum going into the third set.
And then he didn’t.
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